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Launched by BRE  in partnership with the Mayor of London on Friday, the competition aims to help the capital’s major infrastructure providers gain a shared understanding of the location and state of their underground assets.

Winners will earn the opportunity to pitch their innovations directly to organisations involved in providing key large-scale infrastructure across the capital, including UK Power Networks, National Grid and Thames Water.

The organisations are members of the Smart London Infrastructure Network, created by the Smart London Board in collaboration with the London Infrastructure Delivery Board with the aim of supporting the Mayor of London’s vision for ‘smart city’ innovation. Infrastructure Network members are looking for smart solutions using digital technology which will allow them to accurately identify the location of their own and others’ underground assets and/or determine their condition. Solutions could be software, hardware or a combination of the two.

Examples might include:

  • Smart technology which links mapping platforms with survey data to provide an accurate shared record of underground assets
  • Apps which provide an augmented reality view of the assets
  • Shared platforms that allow access to real time information on asset location and status.

Individuals, sole traders, small businesses, and research and academic institutes, as well as public sector bodies and large companies, are all eligible to compete for the opportunity to pitch their innovation to senior decision makers from organisations providing key infrastructure across London.  The deadline for submissions is Friday 29 April 2016.

More information is available on the Smart London Innovation Networks website.

Ana Paun
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